LONDON (Reuters) – The British government on Friday said it was willing to extend the deadline on talks to form a power-sharing executive in Northern Ireland between Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists to June 29 in light of a snap June 8 election.

“If an agreement is not possible before the general election, it is right that we provide flexibility for an incoming government to act in the best interests of Northern Ireland and the space for the parties to conclude a deal,” Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire said in a statement.

Brokenshire said new legislation would give political parties in Northern Ireland until June 29 to resume its semi-autonomous government and appoint ministers.

(Reporting by William James and Conor Humphries; editing by Michael Holden)

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